When: All year Where: Anglesey Contact: District Commissioner Contact Email: dc@scoutsmon.wales Contact Phone: 07710069451 Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited

A Skills Instructor leads and delivers adventurous activities for young people. You don’t have to commit every week (if you can’t commit every week) but the possibility is there if you would like it – we can be flexible about when you volunteer. This role helps young people have access to adventurous activities to ensure that they develop their skills and learn new ones. But this isn’t just a teaching role – you can develop your skills as well, by gaining permits in activities you may never have thought to try, with the opportunity to pass these onto young people in Scouting.

What do I do?

A Skills Instructor leads Adventurous Activities (such as Climbing, Water Sports and Hiking) for different Scout Groups with the help of other Leaders from that section or group.

What skills do I need?

Enthusiasm, confidence, and a willingness to learn are the main things we ask for. You will also need some skills to be able to safely run various adventurous activities. If you go canoeing regularly, this could be a qualification you can earn to then run that activity. There is an endless amount of qualifications you could work towards and earn, whether these are skills you already have or new skills that you would like to learn. The more qualifications you have, the more activities you can run. 

How do I progress?

There are so many roles in Scouting, and you could progress to a role, such as Assistant Section Leader or Section Leader, where you could run weekly activities as well as adventurous activities. These roles require a little more commitment but are a good way of passing your plethora of skills onto the next generation weekly. This could give you the opportunity to progress further to Group level roles if you choose to do so.

If you’re looking for a role where less weekly commitment is required, you may be interested in a more administrative role for the Group or even District. These are always available and you’re free to talk to your Training Advisor about these roles, but you aren’t under any pressure to. Nobody has to progress to other roles if they aren’t comfortable doing so. 

Do I need training?

You will need to earn permits to allow you to run various adventurous activities. If you already have a valid nationally recognised qualification in a certain activity, then this will help to speed up the process of you earning your permit. You may also need to attend a short training or validation course (this could be for a brand new skill or one that you already hold a qualification for) but funding can be made available for this – as Scouts we are keen for you not to be out of pocket!

To earn a permit you must have it signed off by the District Commissioner for: technical competence, understanding of Scout Association Rules, safeguarding knowledge and personal suitability. This would require an Activity Assessor, a District Activity Advisor or Group Scout Leader attending the activity that you are running under the supervision of a current permit holder. This is all to ensure that young people are safe whilst taking part in adventurous activities. 

There are a lot of permits, from Archery, to Caving, to Sailing and even Gliding. You can speak to your Training Advisor at any point about permits, be this a current skill or a newfound hobby, and they will advise you on what you will need to do to earn this permit. 

What would I get out of it?

The reward of giving young people adventurous opportunities as well as meeting new people and possibly finding a new hobby. Not only are you getting the opportunity to pass your skills onto younger people, but you’re also getting the opportunity to learn more skills you may not have thought of learning before joining Scouting – adults often learn a lot from young people. #SkillsForLife isn’t just for young people, it applies to everyone in Scouting.

Who would this role appeal to?

This could be a good starting point for someone who would like to join Scouting and has a lot of skills and enjoys adventurous activities. You could be a parent who often goes kayaking, a Student who has climbing qualifications or simply someone who would like to learn how to go caving and would like the opportunity to teach young people their current or newfound skills. 

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